Thursday, February 14, 2013

Who are we in Kodiak?

A recent picture form the paper, about the sign in 5 languages at our local college, made me think of  a few questions.

First, why not just English at the college? I assume anyone there would know enough English to get along. Well, maybe they brought their grandma along for a tour and she might not know it well enough.

Then the question came up: who are we in Kodiak?

You have to be careful of how you Google that question. Your search might show something like this:

Population of the city is 6,273. Kodiak has about 13,000 people on the island not including the 3500 or so brown bears it has. There are a number of villages surrounding Kodiak and also the largest US Coast Guard base in the world is there with about 1000 active duty and 2000 family members. Kodiak's black tail sitka deer population can be upwards to 65,000.

Sometimes ig gives the population within the city limits:

·         White alone - 2,284 (37.3%)
·         Asian alone - 2,263 (36.9%)
·         American Indian alone - 592 (9.7%)
·         Hispanic - 576 (9.4%)
·         Two or more races - 322 (5.3%)
·         Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone - 62 (1.0%)
·         Black alone - 27 (0.4%)·         Other race alone - 4 (0.07%)

Or it might give you the population of the entire Burrough ( or County):


White persons, percent, 2011 (a) 57.6% 67.9% Black persons, percent, 2011 (a) 1.1% American Indian and Alaska Native persons, percent, 2011 (a) 13.4% Asian persons, percent, 2011 (a) 19.9% Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander persons, percent, 2011 (a) 0.8% Persons reporting two or more races, percent, 2011 7.2% Persons of Hispanic or Latino Origin, percent, 2011 (b) 7.9% White persons not Hispanic, percent, 2011 51.8% The physical size of the city is pretty small. So it seems like most new arrivals live nearer to their work.

In any case, there you have it:
A nice mixture of whites, Asians and Natives, with a moderate Hispanic group. 

I looks kind of confusing. So, maybe I'll show you what it really lookslike in pictures.



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